An Amazing Day at Work

I think about it and talk about it often, but I just love my job. It’s challenging for a lot of people and even the best of us have hard days when we question why we are doing it. I have to say the good days outnumber the bad ones quite a bit, and I just love the challenge and the rewards that come with it. This job has given me and my family so much opportunity so I never forget how thankful I am for that. It is a place that really takes excellent care of their employees and they are always doing things big and small to make us happy.

I love the income, benefits and events, but what I love most is just doing a good job and having a good reputation in the company as someone who delivers, I absolutely love that. Today Mark took me into the Impact meeting and gave me a shout out as his bright spot. It was so great to be in front of the leaders and being recognized as he called out that I had made presidents club 5 out of 5 years I have been there, and 2 years I doubled my p-club goal and won the difference makers award. He also talked about a conversation he was having with another leader about a rep who was making it difficult for her to increase that reps target. Mark asked me what I wanted my target for the year to be and I told him to put it at whatever the team needed. It was so great to get this type of recognition in front of all of the team leaders and motivates me to do everything I can for my company. I’m so thankful for CHG and Comphealth, the people there are amazing and definitely help me to be a better person. This was an amazing day!

An Amazing Start to the New Year

Wow, what an incredible start to the new year. I am 3 weeks in and everything feels great. Work has been phenomenal, I’ve been feeling much better with my training, the kids are doing great, I’m starting my volunteer work tomorrow at the Sharing Place and we have a little bun in the oven. Right now at work I am at 1000 days on the scheduled days list, which has been something that has taken a couple of years to get to. The markets have rebounded quite a bit, leaving me some time to prepare for the next big downturn (hopefully). I’m super motivated and engaged at work right now which makes it extremely fun to be there. I’ve spent so much time over the last year learning about finance and dividend stocks that I have a great foundation coming into the year. Naturally it makes me a little nervous when things are going and feeling so great, but you can’t let that slow you down, you just keep moving forward and understand that life has it’s ups and downs and know that you’ll have them and enjoy the ups as much as you can and prepare for the downs.

On Thursday January 10, we had the CHG Road Show which was such an amazing event and got me so excited for what lies ahead. The most amazing thing happened and it completely caught me off guard but I was nominated and then won the CHG’s Difference Makers award and have a chance to go on a 10 day humanitarian mission in Ecuador this summer. I’m a little worried that it may conflict with our baby being born but I am just enjoying this time and not thinking too much about it, and if it does I’ll just do my best to see if there is another option that I can do.  I’m so thankful for my company and the many opportunities that it provides me and my family. They also announced that the 2020  CHG Presidents Club will be at the Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman, that gave me such excitement when they announced that, I was giddy with excitement and will  not miss out on that. Even though I’ve got a great start to 2019, I’m thinking of all the ways I can make sure I don’t miss out on going there and doing plenty of preparation to make it by a wide margin!

Above is a collage of photos I put together of my favorite moment of 2018, and this is the post i added to my Instagram account that gave a nice recap of the year:

My 9 for 2018 doesn’t tell the whole story. The most amazing moments were so simple, like laying with my baby girl every night before bed as she falls asleep in my arms, or teaching Liam how to catch a football or do a jiu jitsu arm lock. 2018 had a few setbacks, we had a miscarriage but focused on how thankful we are for having Seneca and Liam. My wife was harassed by a thug in May (long story but had to do with our fight to adopt Liam). 2018 was my 5th year with CHG, the most amazing company ever, and my 5th Presidents Club qualified for. No bike racing this year but loved throwing the hammer down with my cycling buddies on the back roads, also riding up the 10,000 ft Haleakala in brutal storm conditions was epic. The family trip to Maui was the best trip ever and changed me, and seeing a whale 5ft away was out of this world. In 2019 I’ll be a volunteer for the Sharing Place, a support home for children who have lost a parent or both parents (more to come on this). I’m very much looking forward to another amazing year but my happiness grows as I get older by the more simple things, just savoring family or beautiful weather or a hard workout. 2018 resurected my love for investing but not for acquiring “things” down the road, but for building financial security, patience, frugality and experiences. I’m in a good place with cutting down on social media and giving that time to reading books, and most mornings I’m up at 5:45 to stretch/yoga, meditate or study, and working out all before I go to work. Well that’s it for me, I’ll be reading your updates!

 

Christmas and the New Year

As always December moved pretty quickly, but this was one of the best Christmas seasons that I could remember. Angie held down the fort at home while I worked, she took care of getting gifts for people and keeping things flowing around the house. Seneca started to understand Christmas a little more and recognized Santa Clause. We took her to her first movie on the day after Thanksgiving and she loved it, it was ‘The Grinch’. We’ve been visiting the aquarium quite frequently on Sunday nights and the kids absolutely love it.

Seneca is sweet as can be, she loves to entertain us and she is learning lots of new words. She loves to hang out with her Daddy and we are like peas in a pod. Whenever I go work on my computer or shovel snow outside or work on projects, she is usually right by my side. Ever since Halloween when we had our ghost projector, she loves to explore the house and look for ghost with me, she says ‘I see ghosts’. She still really loves Fairies, Minions, Lion King and Snow White.

Liam had an amazing birthday, we went to CousCous and then to the Christmas in Color light show in South Jordan that was such a blast for the kids. We had a few Christmas parties to go to but overall it didn’t seem to hectic or overwhelming. I took him to see the Bumblebee movie and he loved it, we spoiled ourselves with popcorn and then went to eat at Rumbis afterward. 

CHG threw an amazing Christmas Party for the kids on December 7th, they did a great job with fun activities for the kids and a delicious breakfast. We spent some time there instead of rushing through it. They also did a great job with the Company Party however for some reason I didn’t feel all that great and didn’t say out too late. On Dec 14 we had our Trial and neither Liam’s birth mother or father showed up. The mothers rights were terminated so we never have to deal with her or her family again, but the trial goes on for Zach. New Years was pretty mellow, we had Jaron and his family over for a bit, along with Marcus and his new girlfriend. Not much happened and we all went to bed early which was great and gave me time to work out the next day and feel productive.

I decided to take off work Dec 21-Jan 2 so that gave me a very long break and it was much needed. I spent a lot of time with the kids and knocking off chores and reading books. By the time I came back on Jan 2, I felt absolutely refreshed and have such energy for this year and I’m feeling more ‘goal oriented’ than ever. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my spreadsheets and building a pathway to residual income. I’ve learnt so much over the past year and read so many great books on investing, which of course has a lot of chunks of wisdom that pass over to the rest of my life. I’ve got some tough goals ahead of me but I’m ready to jump in.

Yesterday I did the training for The Sharing Place which was quite an eye opening experience as I though it would be. It seems like an amazing charity and I’m sure it will be humbling, heart warming and rewarding to work there over the next year. So many people (volunteers and coordinators) shared their stories yesterday and I met some of the great people volunteering. Earlier in the week I told Liam I would be helping some kids who had lost their parents and he was moved by that. He told me yesterday “I hope you can help some kids that are sad” then gave me a hug and a kiss.

Thanksgiving Week 2018

This was an absolute fabulous week with some good time off from work. On Monday night I took the kids to Classic Fun Center for some skating. Liam brought his scooter and cruised around while I pushed Seneca around the rink walking behind her. The kids had so much fun and on our drive home Seneca made me laugh so hard by saying her name while Liam was trying to talk, making him so mad. I left work early on Wednesday to start my weekend off early.

On Thursday my parents came out as well as my aunt Diana and uncle Ted and we had amazing dinner that Angie prepared. My father seemed to be doing so much better and the kids absolutely loved hanging out with him. On Friday I spend the day at home just hanging out with the kids and helping Angie get the Christmas decorations set up. On Saturday I took the kids to the Grinch Movie, which was Seneca’s first movie. Here are  some great photos from this week:

On a separate note, I was able to qualify for Presidents Club with my October results, leaving 2 extra months to add to my GM for the year. We just created a new compensation plan that hopefully will allow me to be in the top Tier for compensation next year and improve my results. I really want to have a good year of adding to my portfolio and creating plenty of residual income. Bitcoin has been crashing, down from $11,000 last year to under $4000 this week. It is a great lesson for me to watch all of this and make sure I know that I need to stay clear of speculation.

Seneca’s 2nd Birthday and Halloween

2 years ago today, just as the sun was peeking over the mountains, my little bug Seneca was born. Every day that I’m at work I think about her and my wife sends me photos of the cute things she does during the day, then I rush home to spend a few hours with her before bed time. Every night for the last year I tuck her under my arm and lay with her until she is sleepy while I focus on enjoying that moment. She loves Fairies and my wife has the most amazing party set up for her today, and has a Tinkerbell costume for Halloween. She loves music and dancing and does Zumbini (kids Zumba) with her mommy. She loves her cat Wowse and brother Liam, and they all get along great. Liam even decided to forgo being Darth Maul so he could be Peter Pan for his little sister on Halloween. She even loves to rough house and wrestle with dad. And of course all the moves I used to do with Liam (throws and flips onto the bed) are now fun for her too. I love you my little Sunshine, you brighten every day!

 

What a fun month October was for our little family. Seneca finally turned 2 years old, sometimes it feels like time goes by so quickly but also I feel like I savor and hold onto every moment I can. Angela had a fun time preparing for Seneca’s 2 year party,  it was a fairy theme party and she did a great job preparing for it and making all kinds of cute  things. We had a smaller party this year with only family members and Alexa/Sparrow. The kids had fairy wings and we did some Zumbini, made crafts, ate dinner and Angie made a homemade cake. It was so fun spending time with my little girl, and my father came down without my mother (she was sick). Seneca has a great bond with my father and calls him Bumpa (Grandpa). She also started saying “Happy Seneca”, then “Happy to Seneca” and finally “Happy Birthday Seneca”. She is saying new words all of the time and it is the cutest thing. Today she said she wants to get dressed, and she says ‘dowel’ (towel).

Halloween was great as well. I took the day off from work and spent it with my daughter. After I worked out i got her dressed in her fairy princess outfit and took her to my work. She got it down quickly and scored more candy in 20 minutes than she could tote around in her little Halloween bag. After that we took her to the Aquarium for about 30 minutes and then we went to Liam’s school and watched him in his parade. We got Papa Johns Pizza and cooked that up before we went trick or treating around the street. She absolutely loved it and had so much fun, it just brightened up her face when I said ‘lets go trick or treating’!

October is in full swing

Well, the weather outside is chilly and we’re deep into fall. I’ve just barely put away all of the lawn and outdoor stuff and preparing for the winter. This weekend I built some new shelves for the garage to keep it more organized and looking nice. Seneca is about 10 days from being 2 years old and she is as cute as ever. She has so many new words and I just love how she says things. She is so polite and always saying “please” and especially “thank you!” whenever someone gives her something. She hasn’t learnt her colors yet and if I ask her what color something is, she always says ‘blue’. Lately she has been saying “I see ghosts” and “I see cows”, haha, I love that! She still absolutely loves Fairies and we have a costume for her and Liam to be Peter Pan and Tinkerbell. Liam and Seneca play so well together and Liam is learning a lot in Kindergarten, he is so good with his words. The stock market has been week lately but my investments have done rather well over the last year, I’ve definitely made some good progress towards the future, while also learning a lot and building up my own ideas on things. Work has been going well too, I’ve been in the lead for quite a while and my 2019 pipeline looks good, and I’ll qualify for Presidents Club by the end of this month. I’ve been staying fit by riding as well as getting back into Jiu Jitsu.

The Fairy Forest

This past week was amazing and I got an unexpected surprise. On Tuesday Angie gave me a little box with something so incredible and amazing yet, I can’t speak of it right now. I was completely caught off guard in a good way because I had always wanted to experience that type of unexpectedness. This past week I’ve been thinking about how our family will change and grow over the next few years and how we can prepare for that.

On Sunday, Angie and I took the kids up to the canyon in Kamas and met up with Alexa and found a place called the Fairy Forest which was so fun to let the kids run around and explore. We played around for an hour and a half then came back to Salt Lake and ate at BGR in Sugarhouse.

 

Labor Day Weekend 2018

We had a spectacular Labor Day weekend and had a lot of fun things to do. I worked hard on Saturday to build a second bench for the backyard but then that left me enough time to enjoy the rest of the weekend with the family. A few weeks back when we were doing our family photo shoots, I saw a bench idea out at Day Break and it gave me some good ideas. The first one took me a couple of days to complete but I really wanted to finish the second one in one day so I would have the rest of the weekend, but it was exhausting work.

On Sunday we had the day to enjoy at Lagoon. I went for a bike ride during the morning and had time to take a quick nap then head out. We had an absolute blast and Seneca really enjoyed riding on all of the rides with Liam. The weather was perfect and we stayed until the very end, the kids were so exhausted and fell asleep on the way home. This past week my parents stopped in and stayed the night and were able to play with the kids. I had an Xray on my kidney stone and it didn’t show up, it’s quite a mystery that it dissolved, and hopefully it did just that. Yesterday I went on a 100 mile bike ride and the miles went by quickly, then we I hung out with Liam for most of the day. We put a blanket out under the stars with Seneca and watched planes fly by.

Seneca is now 23 months and so fun, I love watching her learn things. Her biggest passion is for Fairies and I sit with her and watch the Tinkerbell movies on Netflix. She has several friends to play with including Aya and Sparrow. She loves her grandpa and grandma and likes to say ‘hi ma ma’ and ‘hi bumpa’. Lately she has been fascinated with putting on her shoes herself. She hasn’t quite got it down but every morning she tries. She loves looking at bugs and bees. She loves Moana and Frozen. She likes to say ‘beeshoe’ (meaning shooo bee’s) to get the bugs away.

Liam started Kindergarten last week and was sad the first day but quickly got acclimated and now has a lot of stories to tell and new friends he talks about.

My Birthday and turning 44

Well I certainly had an exciting birthday due to a kidney stone. I had planned to take off Thurs and Friday from work, but still work on my birthday. When I got to work I started feeling some dull pains in my abdomen which made it hard for me to concentrate, I had to leave work and come home to have my wife take me to an appointment, but by the time I got there they told me to turn around and go to the ER. Once I got there they gave me some pain meds, did a CT scan and told me that I had a 5mm kidney stone. They sent me home with some meds and told me to pass it. After that the pain went away but I have yet to pass the stone and am unsure I will be able to without some type of intervention. I’ve been drinking apple cider vinegar and lemon juice in the mean time.

Later in the day we went out to dinner at JC’s Sushi, which was a blast with the kids. On Thursday I felt a little bit better and was able to do a light workout, then mow the lawn and in the evening we went to an 80′s concert and took Seneca to her first concert ever which she absolutely loved. On Friday I worked out inside then went downtown with the family to watch the Tour of Utah in 100 degree heat. Saturday was pretty mellow and I just watched the tour from home and worked in the yard. On Sunday we drove up to Guardsman’s Pass and watched the final stage, the weather was perfect. Then we dropped into Park City and had dinner there.

Seneca at her first concert, at Red Butte with Wang Chung and When in Rome

Seneca has been so amazing lately, learning lots of new words and just being a cute little bug. She is so entertaining and loves to play, laugh and make us laugh. She loves her fairies and wants to ride a bike so bad. Lately she has said many new words including “grandpa, grandma, bike, wheel, tickle”.

Bonding with my baby girl

We just got back from our annual Lamb Days camping trip and it was so nice to be able to have so much time with my family. I’ve been having such an amazing time bonding with my little girl and she just wants me to hold her every where I go. On our trip there were so many great times when I could just hold her in my arms and she would lay her head down on my chest. Absolutely priceless. The other day I was out watering the lawn and I sat down on a rock and she came up next to me and sat down, then I put my arm around her and kissed her little head and just savored the moment.

We got back from our trip mid day yesterday and I spent some time with her out in the garden. She hung out with me as I gardened and weeded and watered. She would come up and play in the water that I sprayed on the lawn or come up and jump on my back, or even help me put some of the weeds in a bucket.

I’ve also been taking he her to her second round of parent lead swim classes. I got this as a gift for fathers day. I like to sing the songs to her even out of the pool. She likes to hold her baby dolls and say “side side” ( side to side). At lamb days Angie got her a cute lamb beanie and knitted octopus.

On the legal front we’ve gotten a protective order against Sherrie and now taken the fight to her. Work has been better, not as much of a struggle as last year but definitely harder than the past. I’ve been spending a lot of time learning about stocks instead of wasting time on social media. The portfolio is growing nicely but I since a storm brewing and I’m trying to mentally prepare for it.

It’s been a great summer so far but the best is just savoring every second I have with my daughter. I’m so thankful that I have the wisdom to understand how fast time goes by so I am spending as much time as I can with my kids.